oh and i do and dont think you have to have the cultural backround to get rap.  i am not sure if i really get it.  i just know i appreciate it. but you know the same question could be asked of us when we take up jazz piano.  jazz piano was originally a black mans sport.  yet when we decided to start devoting our lives to it we did not ask...
do have the cultural backround to be able to do this...
    you know as far as i am concerned if you are a good jazz pianist then it is very likely you have strong opinions about race, race relations and the history of race relations.  the reasons for this is because 1.)  if you are a well studied jazz pianist you have read a lot biographies and autobiographys of the great jazz pianists which means you have read a lot about black people and the atrocities thay have suffered trying to make a living playing music in a white mans world.  2.)  you have likely played with and become close to some black jazz musicians some of whom might not like you too much just because you are white.
    ok  so what am i gettin at
     i think i am tryin to say ... yeh there is a culural aspect to
rap that we white folk may never get exactly.. like eminem has something but it  sure ain't in the same bag as what notorius had or it aint even close to what tupac had.  hm some people might even say eminem is pretty good.  maybe you can compare it to you know i got benny goodman in one hand and john coltrane in the other.   there just is no question benny goodman was damny good...
but you gotta admit he sure was white compared to coltrane.
   so again lets say there is a cultural aspect to it that is going to prevent us from totally getting it.  that never stoped us from going full force into jazz.  it did not prevent bill evans from becoming one of the greatest and most influential jazz pianists of all time.   so....   i do not think eminem is the one
but thee could concievalby be a good white rapper some day.  in the same way that there has unquestionably been some great white jazz musicians.  problem is i think rap is a harder more competitive idiom.
and rapers start workin at it real young... much younger than most of start workin at jazz piano.
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